Natural Method to Calm a Coughing Spasm
If This is an Emergency Don't Mess Around!
If you have landed on this page, and you or someone else is having trouble breathing, stop reading right now and call 911. Severe coughing, with or without wheezing, could be a sign of asthma. Asthma can kill you, sometimes very fast.
Tips to Get You Through the Night
Few things are more irritating than a persistent cough. I've spent many sleepless nights in the past few weeks because of a cough that just won't quit.
In searching the internet for help I've found lots of advice, some of it helpful, some not.
I found several articles that mentioned controlled breathing. I tried some of them, but perhaps in my agitated state, I didn't have a good understanding of how to do it.
After some experimentation, I have found a method that works for me, and it does involve breathing, I think it is a simple way that is easy to understand. I hope this advice will help someone else.
Gentle Easy 5-Step Process to Calm a Cough
- Sit in a hot bath, you can try without this step, but I found it helpful. The hot water relaxes the body and the steam seems to soothe the bronchial tubes. Do not lie back in the tub, remain sitting. Keep tissue or a handkerchief nearby as your nose will probably run.
- Have a cup of hot liquid, Coffee is a natural bronchodilator. However, if you can't or don't want to drink coffee, tea or broth is good, even hot water works for this method. You may need more than one cup full, so have a thermos full near the tub if you don't have anyone to refill your cup. If you're not in a tub, you may want to breath the steam from your cup.
- Take a sip of the liquid, close your eyes, relax and breath through your nose if you can. Breathe out slowly through pursed lips, like blowing a kiss. Try to take 3 breaths without coughing before the next sip. If the urge to cough is too strong, go ahead and take another sip, and start again. I found that the hot liquid hitting the back of my throat temporarily relieved the urge to cough.
- Your breathing should be relaxed and natural, when it is easy to take 3 breaths between sips, begin to increase the number of breaths. It is best not to have any interruptions during this time. Relaxation is the key, shut out all distractions, and do not try to hurry the process.
- When the urge to cough has subsided do not jump back into resuming normal activity too quickly. Eventually, you should get to a calm and relaxed state of mind. Try to maintain your relaxed state. If your bath gets cold before you are ready, run more hot water. Take it slowly. I have had this process take up to 45 minutes. Once you no longer feel the urge to cough, you can go back to your bed.
If Your Cough Persists Seek Medical Help
There are many causes of coughing including allergies, cold and flu, dust and other irritants, and more serious problems like pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, or congestive heart failure.
This advice is in no way meant to replace medical treatment, it is only to help deal with a very uncomfortable and annoying symptom and help you get some rest. If you experience wheezing or difficulty breathing get to an ER right away.
If your cough persists, see your regular doctor. Waiting too long to get help for pneumonia or asthma can lead to serious complications.
I hope you are feeling better soon; have a good night's sleep.